September 2011 Archives


• Northern Christian Radio's WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas was granted Remain Silent Authority through January 1, 2012.



Newsmakers and links: September 1, 2011


Two of the states planning statewide Emergency Alert System tests are NEVADA and MICHIGAN. Both states' broadcasters organizations are looking to run tests in SEPTEMBER in advance of the nationwide test set for NOVEMBER 9th. MICHIGAN's plan is for a test on SEPTEMBER 22nd at about 10:45a (ET).

Full story: Nevada, Michigan Plan Statewide EAS Tests Before National Test (Thu, 9/1)



Broadcasting & Cable:

The retransmission consent spat between LIN and Mediacom has resulted in several LIN stations going dark for Mediacom subscribers. The affected stations are WALA-WFNA Mobile-Pensacola, WOOD-WOTV Grand Rapids, WANE Ft. Wayne, WLUK Green Bay, WTHI Terre Haute and WLFI Lafayette (Ind.).

Full story: LIN Stations Go Dark for Mediacom Subscribers (Wed, 8/31)



• Baraga Broadcasting is purchasing Northern Christian Radio's silent WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas for $60,000 pending FCC approval and closing.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 2, 2011


CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ (Z 92.7)/FLINT, MI, along with sister stations Top 40 WWCK (CK105.5) and Classic Rock WRSR (103.9 THE FOX), presented a "Keeping The Community First" project over the weekend with a "24 Back-to-School Showdown." The combined staffs were on location at "B's BOWLING" for 24 hours, collecting school supplies for FLINT area students.

Full story: WDZZ's Back-2-School Showdown (Fri, 9/2)



Metro Traffic TV openings in Ohio

Metro Traffic is immediately seeking candidates for several on-air television positions in various Ohio Markets. Openings are Full-Time, Part-Time and Fill-In positions.

These Metro TV Traffic Anchors will be based at the TV station locations but managed from the Detroit Regional Hub. Successful candidates will have appropriate broadcast experience and skills, ability to multi-task, experience repoliing traffic, knowledge of the roads in the appropriate Ohio market, a relentless nature and no fear of time pressure. Reporting, editing and writing experience may prove to be valuable in some cases.

All submissions will be reviewed by broadcast affiliates for approval.

Submit a package ASAP that could include video demos, writing samples, a resume, audio samples, a cover letter and references to:

Howard Bouton
Regional Director of Operations
3000 Town Center #2160
Southfield, MI 48075


**NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE**, Metro Traffic is an EOE company.



• Hispanic Christian Community Network was granted a license to cover for new analog LPTV station W25DX Ch. 25 Escanaba. HCCN programs Spanish-language religious shows on some of its other properties.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 6, 2011



Peter C. Cavanaugh gets Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nod

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has just unveiled a complete Museum redesign that tells the story of rock and roll in a more linear fashion and updates all museum technology to state-of-the-art including the interactive kiosks On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio.

Mr. Cavanaugh and his impact on rock music are featured in this exhibit.

At the age of sixteen in 1957, Peter C. Cavanaugh enjoyed a fifty-eight percent total audience share on his hometown station -- WNDR in Syracuse. He maintained unequaled market dominance for years over WTAC in Flint before leaving the airwaves to become President of the station in 1977.

His book "Local DJ" tracks Cavanaugh's radio adventures through time -- as well as promoting and producing literally hundreds of early concerts with the likes of Chuck Berry, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Seger, Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Kiss and AC/DC.

As Executive Vice President of Reams Broadcasting, Peter ran a seven station radio group which included top-rated Rock 'Roll stations in America -- WWCK in Flint (Spring '84) and WIOT in Toledo (Winter '91).

Mr. Cavanaugh is former Chairman of the NBC Source Board, President of the ABC Radio Affiliates Board and President of the Flint Area Advertising Federation.

Cavanaugh currently lives in Oakhurst, California, with his wife, Eileen.

"Of all who had a major influence on me while growing up in the Midwest, none matched the audaciousness, tenacity and gonzo-like behavior of Peter Cavanaugh. He was more than just the rock 'n roll guru who gave America its first encounters with The Who, Bob Seger and all the great Detroit bands (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, MC5, etc.) He was the one who taught me how to go up against the powers-that-be and live to tell all. Thank you, Peter Cavanaugh, for saving a generation of Flint kids from the likes of Pat Boone" commented Flint native and film director Michael Moore.

The On the Air: Rock and Roll and Radio kiosks are located in the Rock Hall Museum's Ahmet Ertegun Hall in the Cities and Sounds gallery.



Lansing to gain Me-TV affiliate

Journal Communications' WSYM-TV Ch. 47, Lansing's Fox affiliate, will add the classic TV network Me-TV as a digital subchannel.

Me-TV, owned by Weigel Broadcasting features series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution and CBS Television Distribution as well as independent series owners and producers. Current comedy offerings include M*A*S*H, Cheers, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy and The Bob Newhart Show. Dramas on the network include: Perry Mason, The Untouchables, The Big Valley, the original Star Trek and the original Hawaii Five-O series.



Grand Rapids Press:

With a focus on policies past and planned, Gov. Rick Snyder will field questions during a live town hall meeting of sorts next Tuesday at WOOD-TV's College Avenue studios.

Full story: Gov. Snyder coming to Grand Rapids next week for WOOD-TV town hall meeting (Mon, 9/6)



Mt. Pleasant Sun:

A longtime Isabella County radio buff and local legend was remembered Tuesday as a master story teller who always had a smile. Jim Hughes, 91, who died Sunday at the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, was a local icon who touched a lot of people during his long and interesting life, Isabella County Prosecutor Larry Burdick said Tuesday. Wendy Pulcifer of Mt. Pleasant recalled listening to Hughes on WCEN "back in the day"...

Full story: Longtime Mt. Pleasant broadcaster dies (Mon, 9/6)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 7, 2011


Former CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A/DETROIT PD RONA DANZIGER has been named PD at crosstown CBS RADIO Talk WXYT-A (TALK RADIO 1270), which is being launched with its new Talk format on SEPTEMBER 12th, flipping from the present simulcast of sister Sports WXYT-F (97.1 THE TICKET).

Full story: Rona Danziger Named PD At WXYT-A/Detroit (Wed, 9/7)



• Midwest Communications was granted a construction permit for FM translator W238CD 95.5 Camden to change community of license to Coldwater, increase its tower height from 16 to 226 feet and move its broadcast tower closer to Coldwater. The translator is expected to be used to rebroadcast the company's WTVB AM 1590.


• No notable activity for September 6 and 7.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 9, 2011



New radio program to focus on "Fighting for Justice"

Attorney Richard Bernstein, of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm, has announced that he will co-host a new radio show to share his personal experiences of fighting, and winning, for justice and interact with the audience to help them protect their rights. Bernstein will co-host the Fighting For Justice" program, with Pulitzer Prize winner Angelo Henderson, on Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m. on WCHB-AM 1200 starting September 13th, 2011.

The show will also stream live on

Richard Bernstein has won many high-profile cases, representing clients who otherwise would not have a voice and the resources to fight injustice. He challenged the City of Detroit, and won, when wheelchair lifts on city buses were not maintained. He fought for disabled access to the University of Michigan football stadium, and won. He also led successful fights to retain special education programs in Michigan schools and maintain proper and safe street crossings for disabled pedestrians, among additional victories in personal injury cases.

A graduate of the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University Law School, Bernstein has been blind since birth. He has overcome his disability in significant ways, including working to successfully complete multiple marathons and triathlons. He has also taught courses in political science at the University of Michigan and held statewide office as the Chair of the Board of Governors at Wayne State University.

"With a three generation history of lawyers serving clients across Michigan, we understand that many people don't know who to turn to when they have questions about the law," said Bernstein. "Through this partnership with WCHB Radio, we offer a new way to connect with people who need help."



The Oakland Press:

The morning crew at WRIF-FM 101 radio had just finished interviewing a man about his wacky plan to fly around the world on Sept. 11, 2001 -- with Steve Miller's song, "Jet Airliner" providing background music -- when they spotted something on in-studio TVs. "We said, 'Oh my God, what is that,'" recalled Drew Lane, who works with Mike Clark and Trudi Daniels on the popular morning "Drew and Mike Show." Then the studio phones began lighting up.

Full story: Drew and Mike remember memorable 9/11 broadcast (Fri, 9/9)

After initially suing to challenge the transaction on antitrust grounds TODAY (9/8), the Justice Department has cleared the deal by which CITADEL MEDIA will merge with and take over CITADEL MEDIA, with the proviso that CUMULUS divest itself of two stations in the HARRISBURG, PA area and one in the FLINT, MI market.

Full story: Dept. Of Justice Clears Cumulus-Citadel Deal After Agreement To Divest 3 Stations (Thu, 9/8)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 11, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

David Wax Museum is set to perform Sept. 26 as part of the Hat Trick Concert Series, presented by WYCE-FM (88.1) and Rhoades McKee law firm, at One Trick Pony Grill and Taproom in downtown. The acoustic series kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday with the Bahamas. It continues every other Monday night. There is a $10 suggested donation, with proceeds going to local charities.

Full story: WYCE's Hat Trick Concert Series kicks off Monday (Sat, 9/10)



• The FCC's Audio Division has proposed the deletion of twenty vacant allotments in various communities across the country, including one for a potential Class A station at 103.9 Harrison. The vacant allotments were auctioned through the FCC's competitive bidding process and are considered unsold permits that were included in Auction 91. Interested parties should file comments with the FCC expressing an interest in the vacant allotments to prevent their removal. Moreover, interested parties must provide an explanation as to why they did not participate in the competitive bidding process. FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (.pdf)



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 12, 2011



WXYT AM adds Noory to lineup for overnights

Detroit's newest radio station talk WXYT AM 1270 has announced the addition of Coast to Coast AM with George Noory to its weekday lineup beginning tonight, September 12th. The Premiere Networks syndicated program will be heard weeknights from 1 - 5 a.m.

Today is the first day of the station's new talk lineup as has ended the simulcast with sports based sister station WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket).

With the addition of WXYT, Noory is returning to his broadcasting roots. The Detroit native began his career as a production assistant at WXYZ-TV and WXYZ-AM (now WXYT), while attending the University of Detroit. Noory stated, "I couldn't be happier to reach even more people in my hometown on the Detroit station where I got my start in broadcasting. WXYT has a rich history in this city and I'm excited to be a part of it!"

WXYT Program Director Rona Danziger added, "We're very excited to have George Noory back home on Talk Radio 1270 WXYT. His show is captivating listening and we're thrilled to be launching the new station with this great show."

Each night on Coast to Coast AM, George Noory captivates listeners with discussions on news and current events, conspiracy theories and all things curious and unexplained. Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Coast to Coast AM can be heard on more than 540 radio stations in the U.S., Canada and Guam, and is the most listened-to overnight radio program in North America. For more information, visit "


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 13, 2011



Detroit TV increases its coolness

MyNetwork TV affiliate WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit has added a digital subchannel - 20.2 now carries the music video channel theCoolTV.



Grand Rapids Press:

Wondering what's up with Fox 17 chief meteorologist Peter Chan? The veteran West Michigan weatherman has been sidelined with a torn Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for at least four weeks in total.

Full story: Fox 17 meteorologist Peter Chan on the mend, expected back at WXMI-TV in a few weeks (Mon, 9/12)

NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MIX 106.3)/SAGINAW morning maven SCOTT SHANNON tells ALL ACCESS, "No more solo mornings for me! We have added a live, additional person to WGER (MIX 106.3) mornings. AMANDA MITCHELL (MANDEE), who did nights on the MIX for the last 2 years has been upped to morning co-host with MIX PD SCOTT (SHANNON) SEIPEL to form 'SCOTT and MANDEE' in the morning." MANDEE will continue to do her mid-day show on sister Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE).

Full story: Amanda Mitchell Joins The WGER Wakeup Crew (Mon, 9/12)



Afternoons open on Ann Arbor's W4 Country

Adam Rey is no longer with country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, having exited the afternoon drive role to take a job outside of radio. The station is searching for a new host.



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit and Mitch Albom enter partnership

WDIV has announced a new partnership with Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, radio broadcaster and charity director, to launch a groundbreaking public service initiative, The Heart of Detroit, sharing inspiring stories of metro Detroiters with heart and everyday people who step up to help make our community a better place to live.

Beginning Thursday, September 22, The Heart of Detroit featuring Mitch Albom will air weekly during Local 4 News at 5 p.m., Detroit's top evening newscast, with an encore airing on Sunday mornings immediately following Flashpoint with Devin Scillian at 10 a.m. Viewers will follow Mitch as he profiles unsung heroes through documentary-style videos on Local 4, and The Heart of Detroit will reveal the many local people who spend countless hours sacrificing to make others less hungry, less troubled, less impoverished or just a little happier.

"I have been taught that giving is living," said Albom. "I see so many people in metro Detroit who live - and give - that way, but are never celebrated the way we do a rock star, actor, athlete or even a reality show figure. These unsung inspirations deserve to have their stories told. And that's what I hope to do."

"It's hard to imagine a better way for Local 4 to extend our longstanding commitment to service in our community than to partner with such a remarkable talent as Mitch Albom, and to help facilitate the noble desires to make a difference here at home," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "It should not go unnoticed that in addition to WDIV's commitment of air time, Mitch is also donating his amazing talents and valuable time as well as covering production costs for this important community effort."

Contributions and donations inspired by The Heart of Detroit will be directed solely towards the causes or persons profiled in the segments. The Heart of Detroit is produced by Fat Dog Entertainment.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 14, 2011



Lansing City Pulse:

WKAR was in the hole $635,000 at the end of the 2010 fiscal year, records provided by Michigan State University show. The broadcast operation laid off 10 people last month as part of a reorganization effort, they also show. The university had refused to give a specific number previously. The information came from documents the university provided after City Pulse filed a Freedom of Information Act request.

Full story: WKAR facing serious debt (Wed, 9/14)



Fox Sports Detroit schedules 73 Red Wings games for 2011-12

FOX Sports Detroit will televise 70 regular-season games and three preseason contests during its coverage of the 2011-12 Detroit Red Wings, all in high-definition.Regular-season coverage begins Oct. 7 in the season/home opener against the Ottawa Senators. The preseason schedule begins Sept. 25 when Detroit hosts the Chicago Blackhawks.

Beyond the 70 games airing on FOX Sports Detroit (or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS), the remaining 12 will be televised exclusively on a national basis by Versus or NBC.

Calling the action again for FOX Sports Detroit will be the award-winning duo of Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond. Former Red Wings defenseman and Hockey Hall of Famer Larry Murphy substitutes for Redmond during select road games and is part of home game coverage on most nights from his "between the benches" reporting position.

Daniels is this year's recipient of the Ty Tyson Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award as presented by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, and is the reigning Michigan Sportscaster of the Year from the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Meanwhile, Redmond is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Foster Hewitt Memorial Award as presented by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, to be awarded Nov. 14 as part of the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies in Toronto.

FOX Sports Detroit's comprehensive coverage includes pregame and postgame editions of Red Wings Live. New this season, most game nights will include bonus postgame coverage on Red Wings Live O.T.

The 2011-12 season also includes the return of the Emmy-winning show Wingspan (debuting Oct. 14-15), providing entertaining features about the team on and off the ice.

In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the regular-season, FOX Sports Detroit will presents a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Schedule information can be found at



Grand Rapids Press:

Former radio personality Scott Winters is working in the media again, but not the role one might expect. WOOD TV-8 General manager Diane Kniowski, said the station hired Winters as a digital sales specialist.

Full story: WOOD TV-8 hires former radio personality Scott Winters (Wed, 9/14)



• The FCC approved the merger/takeover of Citadel Broadcasting by Cumulus Broadcasting.


• The license for silent Low Power TV station WNYD-LP Ch. 26 Alpena was canceled by the FCC.


• No notable activity for September 12 and 13.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 15, 2011



FOX adds Tigers' game to Saturday schedule

Saturday's Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics, which was originally not scheduled to be broadcast on television, will now air on FOX broadcast stations in Michigan and Toledo, OH following an agreement between the Tigers, FOX Sports Detroit, Major League Baseball and FOX.

Stations that will now carry the game include Ch. 2 Detroit, Ch. 17 Grand Rapids, Ch. 66 Flint, Ch. 47 Lansing, Ch. 32 Cadillac/Traverse City, and Ch. 36 Toledo. Ch. 11 in Alpena will also have the game on its .2 subchannel as will Ch 6 in Marquette.

Saturday's game has the potential of being a Central Division clinching game for the Tigers - they can clinch with any combination Tigers wins or Cleveland Indians losses totaling 2 and any Tigers win or Chicago White Sox loss.

"We're thrilled Saturday's game will be telecast live for Tigers fans to continue following the club's pennant chase," said David Dombrowski, Tigers president, CEO and general manager. "We want to thank FOX Sports Detroit, FOX and Major League Baseball for a collaborative effort in making this happen."



WDFN shifts Saturday timeslot for Murray Gula

'Your Home With Murray Gula', heard on Detroit's WDFN AM 1130, has changed its Saturday timeslot and will now be heard from 10 a.m. - noon. The Sunday edition of the home improvement program will remain in place from noon - 2 p.m.

More info on the program can be found at



Cleaves entering MSU Athletics Hall of Fame

Mateen Cleaves, the three-time all American basketball champion who led the Michigan State Spartans to a spellbinding NCAA Championship in March 2000, will be inducted into the Michigan State University Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Cleaves is currently the NBA Studio Analyst for FOX Sports Detroit, in addition to providing on-air commentary for ESPN, CBS College Sports, NBA TV, and the Big Ten Network.



• World Radio Link FM translator W225BA 92.9 Hastings was granted a construction permit to slighty modify its broadcast location. The application shows W225BA would rebroadcast religious WGNB 89.3 Zeeland.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 16, 2011



WOMC/Detroit, WLEN/Adrian win Marconi awards

Congratulations to classic hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit on winning the Marconi for Oldies Station of the Year and full service/adult contemporary WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian on it's Marconi for Small Market Station of the Year.

The winners were announced yesterday at the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show in Chicago.



Grand Rapids Press:

A local radio personality is taking to the roof to raise money to help end child abuse and neglect. As part of the 19th annual Roofsit for Kids put on by 93.7, B-93's Neal Dionne is making a temporary home on the top the Michigan Kenworth building, 7393 Expressway Court SW in Grand Rapids.

Full story: Radio personality Neal Dionne holding rooftop broadcast to help abused children (Thu, 9/15)


Dick Nelson remembers the first Grand Valley State football game he called on the radio, but he can recall the second one a lot better. In 1977, the Lakers hosted Bowling Green, who were led by former Michigan State coach Denny Stolz, at Houseman Field. GVSU played tough, but lost 17-6. The game left a deep impression on Nelson.

Full story: Why after nearly 400 games, Grand Valley State football radio announcer isn't thinking about retirement (Fri, 9/16)


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 19, 2011



Get a scare from WMGC-FM 105.1 HD2

Halloween is some six weeks away, but apparently it's not too early for some all-Halloween music as WMGC-FM 105.1 HD2 has switched over its 'More Magic' offering to 'Scream Radio'. Now that's scary.



The Oakland Press:

Steve Kostan loves rock 'n' roll and has always felt a connection to it. "It's a very widespread form of communication and experience," he said. Kostan started connecting Detroiters to rock 'n' roll on the radio 34 years ago. This year, his dedication has earned him a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Full story: Rock Hall of Fame embraces local radio legend (Mon, 9/19)



• Cumulus Media has closed on its acquisition of FM translator W273AR 102.5 Paw Paw from Horizon Christian Fellowship. Sale price was $12,500.


• No notable activity for September 16.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 20, 2011



Grand Rapids Press:

You can now listen to WGVU radio programming on your smart phone. WGVU is offering two new Apps. to allow listeners to listen to WGVU Real Oldies 1480/850 AM Public Radio and WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM Public radio on their iPhones, iPads and Androids.

Full story: WGVU radio programming available for smart phone listening (Tue, 9/20)


Need some help honing your skills in the kitchen? Star 105.7 is sponsoring a home cooking school at 6:30 on Sept. 29 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville located at 3330 Highland Drive.

Full story: Star 105.7 sponsors Home Cooking School (Tue, 9/20)



• Cumulus Media has closed on its acquisition of Citadel Broadcasting, creating a group of 41 radio stations and translators in Michigan. Two of these stations (WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek and WRSR-FM 103.9 Owosso) are in trust to be sold.




• Birach Broadcasting silent WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake was granted Special Temporary Authority through March 12, 2012 to resume broadcasting using a temporary long-wire antenna.


• Cumulus Media was granted a license to cover for FM translator W273AR 102.5 Paw Paw/Kalamazoo. The translator rebroadcasts WKFR-FM 103.3 HD2.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 22, 2011



Night moves at WMGC, WNIC

Changes to what you'll hear out of your radio at pop outlets WMGC-FM 105.1 and WNIC-FM 100.3.

WMGC has parted ways with evening jock Kevin O'Neill as of Friday and has been jock-free so far this week. O'Neill had been with Magic since July 2010 and is a veteran of 31 years behind the mic in Detroit.

Down the dial at WNIC from 8 p.m. to midnight, Syndey Hawkins pushes the buttons for listener driven radio as "U Control Fresh @ Nite" plays back songs picked by listeners that vote on the station's web site,



Crain's Detroit Business:

Six environmental organizations will convene in Detroit on Oct. 11-14 to discuss the future of the Great Lakes. "Great Lakes Week" encompasses significant conferences coming together, reportedly for the first time in the same city during the same week ... Detroit Public Television plans to broadcast and webcast several sessions live.

Full story: Detroit Public Television plans extensive coverage of 'Great Lakes Week' conferences (Wed, 9/21)



Holland Sentinel:

You can hear veteran radio personality Bryan Mix-Dean on the air on the new Fennville-based radio station 1630 AM reading the weather and local news. You can catch his wife, Andrea, broadcasting Fennville football games produced by their 10-year-old daughter Cadence -- all for the micropower station and its 24/7 companion Web broadcast at

Full story: Dad, Mom and daughter take to the air in Fennville at 1630 AM (Wed, 9/21)



• Contemporary Christian Smile FM outlet WTAC FM 89.7 Burton was granted its license to cover; the station increased power from 1,000 watts @ 187 feet (Class A) to 15,000 watts @ 361 feet (Class B1). The station's broadcast location also changed from near Beecher to south of Fenton.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 23, 2011



WXYZ-TV continues Detroit 2020 project with Sept. 27 special on race relations

WXYZ-TV will broadcast "A Conversation for Change," a Detroit 2020 interactive special, on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-8 p.m. The program will tackle a topic that often makes people uncomfortable...race relations. The show will focus on the biggest issues surrounding race in our community and what we can do to break down barriers.

"Our attitude about race relations is one of the biggest obstacles to progress in this region," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "At WXYZ, we believe through open dialogue and frank discussion, we can begin to foster a sense of community that will celebrate the diversity that makes Metro Detroit great."

Channel 7's Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will host this live, one-hour discussion, with reports from Diana Lewis and JoAnne Purtan. Viewers will have the chance to ask questions via email, social media, and live chat. The conversation will include six in-studio guests:

  • Leon Drolet, Educational Programs Director, Institute for Humane Studies and Director of Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.
  • Maha Freij, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer of ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services.
  • Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press columnist.
  • Osvaldo "Ozzie" Rivera, activist for social change who has held key positions with Latino Family Services and Madonna University.
  • Jordan Wolfe, Director, CommunityNext, an initiative started by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
  • Tack-Yong Kim, President and Publisher, Michigan Korean Weekly.

CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT will host a "Pink Gala" on the eve of the station's 14th Annual WMXD "Sista Strut Walk" FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th at PI BANQUET HALL in SOUTHFIELD, MI. The "Pink Gala" will be an evening of music and celebration with food, dancing and a silent action. PM drive air personality FRANKIE DARCELL will host the actual event on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st at the DETROIT RIVERWALK RIVARD PLAZA.

Full story: WMXD Celebrates Pink Gala In Detroit (Thu, 9/22)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloThis season has been, to put it mildly a bit of a problem for those of us who enjoy listening to the Michigan Wolverines on the radio. Going all the way back to the days of "the ultimate homer" Bob Ufer, fans have often preferred the radio audio over TV commentators who (are supposed to) remain neutral since their signal goes into the cities of BOTH teams.

For thirty years U of M fans enjoyed the super -signal of WJR-AM (760) but on October 13, 2005 the Great Voice of the Great Lakes stunned fans and the top brass at the Michigan Athletic Department with the news that they were going to abandon the maize and blue. They were switching to the green and white of the Michigan State Spartans. This necessitated the need for a new radio home for the boys in Ann Arbor. The result was a nice five-year deal with WOMC-FM (104.3) which was still (at that time) home to Dick Purtan and a great format of oldies music. M-fans got spoiled with an FM signal of nearly 200,000 watts! It was short-lived. Music stations do not like to stop the music, especially for six or more hours of pre-game, the game and post-game coverage. So, this year marked the end of the FM deal and no more WOMC, even after I came up with the promo slogan that WOMC stood for "Where Only Michigan Counts."

By late summer of 2011 there was still no signed deal with a Detroit radio station for U of M Football and the clock was ticking. We had a new coach in Brady Hoke, a multi-million dollar makeover for the Big House and a thrilling home schedule of eight games....but no radio contract signed. Athletic Director Dave Brandon, who is a brilliant businessman, felt it would be best to consolidate Michigan's two most popular sports; football and basketball, on one station. CBS Radio owns WOMC as well as WWJ, which was already carrying Michigan basketball, so Brandon and the radio network (IMG) put together a deal with WWJ-AM (950) for both sports.

True, WWJ is one of only two AM stations in the Detroit area that gets good ratings and is truly a prestigious radio station. Unfortunately, WWJ, even with 50,000 watts employs what is known as a directional signal, which (at night) is mostly sent straight north from its multi-tower transmitter site down in Berlin Township, just north of Monroe. At night, it reaches all the way to the Big Mac bridge, but sadly falls short of Ann Arbor after sundown. Out in Washtenaw County, and if you're in the stadium, the strongest signal is 10,000 watt WTKA-AM (1050), but at sundown that station drops to an anemic 500 watts making it a rough pull even on the west side of Ann Arbor.

Because the Notre Dame was such a big deal (first night game ever, etc) that broadcast was simulcast on WWWW-FM (102.9) in Ann Arbor and in Detroit on WXYT-FM (97.1) The Ticket...but who knew? It was poorly promoted. Now, on October 8th Michigan will play another night game versus Northwestern in Chicago (Evanston, IL) and no 102.9 FM coverage will be available and for it to make it onto 97.1 FM in Detroit there needs to be no conflict with either the Tigers or the Red Wings. The pro-sports take precedence on The Ticket and the Tigers, Wings, Lions and Pistons are ALL on 97.1 FM leaving little (if any) room for the Big Blue. Personally, I also hope that WWJ will come out of their standard 15 second delay so that the broadcast matches the action on the field. WTKA is right on the mark to within 1.5 seconds behind, which is acceptable.

My hope is that an arrangement can be made between the university, IMG and CBS Radio Detroit which would allow the games to be broadcast on one of their HD channels. WXYT-FM's HD-2 is WWJ but during games they run their regular all-news format. This leaves WYCD (Country), WDZH (Amp Radio hits) and WOMC (Classic hits) to offer up their HD side-channel for football. WOMC makes the most sense since they used to carry the games. We can only hope.

Meanwhile for those of us who prefer a good solid clean and static-free audio source for Michigan football it is available on satellite radio! It does run about 16 second behind "real time" but that's the case with all satellite radio transmissions. If you have a Sirius radio the UM-San Diego State game will be on Sirius Channel 128 at noon and XM subscribers can hear the game on Channel 195. Both will feature the broadcast team of Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Doug Karsch. This holds true only for HOME games. When Michigan is on the road, the opposing team's announcers are featured. This is why we need the HD carriage of these games. Stay tuned there's more to come and Michigan fans CLEARLY want to hear the games in sync with no static at all.

Art Vuolo Jr.



• MacDonald Garber Broadcasting FM translator W221BQ 92.1 Petoskey (currently rebroadcasts news-talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix) was granted a construction permit to move to FM 91.7, change location from south to west of Petoskey, reduce power from 26 watts to 1 watt, and change rebroadcasting station to WTCK FM 90.9. These changes could be temporary as one step of a multi-step change for the translator.


• No notable activity for September 23.


In the dates leading up to and including the first two games of the Detroit Red Wings regular season, FOX Sports Detroit will present a series of special attractions as part of "Red Wings Premiere Week", featuring encore airings of exciting victories from last spring's playoffs as well as a regular season game featuring Nicklas Lidstrom's first career hat trick. Premiere Week also includes the half-hour Red Wings Season Preview.

Sun. Oct. 2 - 5:00 PM, Red Wings vs. Penguins (LIVE, preseason), 7:30 PM; Encore: Red Wings vs. Blues (12/15/2010 - Lidstrom's first career hat trick); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 12/15/2010)

Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:30 PM, Encore: Red Wings vs. Coyotes (4/13/2011 - Game 1, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM, Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/13/2011); 10:30 PM, Wingspan: "20 Years of Playoffs"

Tue. Oct. 4 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview (premiere); 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/18/2011 - Game 3, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/18/2011); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview

Wed. Oct. 5 - 7:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings at Coyotes (4/20/2011 - Game 4, Western Conf. Quarterfinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 4/20/2011)

Thu. Oct. 6 - 6:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 7:30 PM - Encore: Red Wings vs. Sharks (5/10/11 - Game 6, Western Conf. Semifinals); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (from 5/10/11)

Fri. Oct. 7 - 6:00 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (One-hour edition, LIVE); 7:00 PM - Red Wings vs. Senators (LIVE - regular season opener); 9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 10:00 PM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 10:30 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings vs. Senators

Sat. Oct. 8 -- 7:30 PM - Wingspan: "WingFan"; 8:00 PM - Red Wings 2011-12 Season Preview; 8:30 PM - Red Wings Live Pregame (LIVE); 9:00 PM - Red Wings at Avalanche (LIVE); 11:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (LIVE); 12:00 AM - Red Wings Live O.T. (LIVE); 12:30 AM - Replay: Red Wings at Avalanche

Additionally, "Michigan Golf Live" is incorporating a Red Wings theme during Red Wings Premiere Week, as host Bill Hobson is joined by former Red Wings Chris Osgood, Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby for a round of golf at Arcadia Bluffs (air dates/time: Mon. Oct. 3 - 7:00 PM; Wed. Oct. 5 - 1:30 & 6:30 PM; Sat. Oct. 8 - 7:00 PM).



• The FCC approved the sale of the construction permit for WZTC FM 104.5 Traverse City from MacDonald Broadcasting to Playtime Media, LLC. Sale price was $1.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 28, 2011



Detroit Free Press:

The 25th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon airs Feb. 25 on WJR-AM (760), and Dick Purtan will return to the event as a guest star. Purtan hosted the radiothon for 23 years, but retired after the 2010 edition. The longtime Detroit radio personality will join the numerous WJR stars who took over as rotating hosts in 2011.

Full story: Dick Purtan to return to Bed & Bread Club Radiothon (Wed, 9/28)



South Bend Tribune:

Radio listeners scanning the airwaves in recent weeks for sports scores and information have probably been a little startled when the dial reached 1620 AM, the city's ESPN-affiliated station. Instead of former University of Notre Dame football player Mike Golic, co-host of the popular "Mike and Mike in the Morning" show, listeners likely found heavy rotations of Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift. For now, says Artistic Media Partners President Arthur Angotti, the former talk-format sports station will be simulcasting with 92.9 FM, the company's pop-contemporary station. "It's only temporary," Angotti said of the format change.

Full story: Former ESPN-affiliated station changing formats (Tue, 9/27)



Lansing State Journal:

Michele Strasz learned her alphabet and numbers from Big Bird and friends four decades ago. That preschool encounter with "Sesame Street" blossomed into a love affair with PBS for the Williamston woman, who listens to news on National Public Radio every morning and often watches "Masterpiece Theater," and "Nova" on WKAR-TV in the evenings. "You can't compare the educational quality with anything else," Strasz said. "I have even gotten (my husband) into watching 'Masterpiece Theater.' " But the future picture of WKAR-TV and radio now appears slightly hazy as it cuts staff and adjusts programming to deal with falling revenue.

Full story: MSU reorganizes its PBS stations as revenue falls, budget cuts loom (Wed, 9/28)



Michigan Radio News Director elected Chair of Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) today announced that Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy has been elected chair of the national organization. He is the first public media news director ever elected to this position.

Members of RTDNA elected Duffy during the 2011 Excellence in Journalism Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, from Sept. 25-27. "I'm excited about this opportunity to represent electronic journalists, including digital journalists, and advocate on their behalf," commented Duffy.

Looking forward, Duffy aims to grow the organization by recruiting more digital journalists, continue RTDNA's training and advocacy work, and help ensure the long-term financial health of the organization.

Duffy joins Kevin Benz, RTDNA Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of CultureMapAustin, in helping to make history in the leadership of the organization by showcasing the diverse nature of electronic journalism. Benz was the first pure-play digital officer in the history of RTDNA.

"Representing digital, television, and radio in our chair positions reflects the energy electronic journalists experience on a daily basis as today's journalism continues to evolve," says Benz.

Vincent Duffy has been News Director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. During his tenure, the station's news team has been recognized with dozens of national, regional and state awards for reporting excellence. Duffy graduated from Kent State University (Kent, Ohio) with degrees in political science and telecommunications, and earned a master's degree in mass media from Miami University of Ohio. Duffy has won five national Edward R. Murrow awards for his radio journalism, as well as a Sigma Delta Chi award, a National Headliner award, and many other national, regional and state awards.



• LIN Media low power television station WOMS-CD Ch. 29 Muskegon was granted its license to cover to switch from analog to digital. The station simulcasts MyNetworkTV affiliate WXSP-CD Ch. 15 Grand Rapids.



Newsmakers and links: Sept. 29, 2011


MARTZ COMMUNICATIONS GROUP has named FLOYD EVANS to oversee their two newest stations in DETROIT, Smooth Jazz FM translator W284BQ (104.7 THE OASIS) and Rocker translator W232CA and WGPR-HD3 (94.3 THE BONE). EVANS returns to MICHIGAN after five years as RVP of NEXTMEDIA's CHICAGOLAND CLUSTER.

Full story: Floyd Evans To Manage Martz/Detroit (Wed, 9/28)



• The FCC approved the license transfer of FM translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington from MMP1, LLC to Resort Radio. Sale price was $100.


• Northern Michigan University FM translator W250BO 97.9 Stephenson (rebroadcasts public radio WNMU-FM 90.1) was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 97.3.


• Radio Assist Ministry FM translator W287BU 105.3 Caro was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 94.7, a power change from 85 watts @ 33 feet to 250 watts @ 23 feet, and a location change from north of Caro in Tuscola County to east of Bay City in Bay County. The application shows that the translator would rebroadcast WLKB 89.1 Bay City.


Newsmakers and links: Sept. 30, 2011



WXYZ-TV Detroit secures rights for Oct. 10 Lions-Bears Monday Football telecast

For the first time in more than a decade, the Detroit Lions will play a Monday night home game and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit has been granted permission to air the game between the Detroit Lions will take on the Chicago Bears on Monday, October 10th at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the game broadcast, WXYZ have a day-long celebration of the "Monday Motown Showdown" from Ford Field during its newscasts - beginning at 4:30 a.m. on October 10th with 7 Action News this Morning and continuing throughout the day during 7 Action News at 5 and 6.

From 7-8:30 p.m., WXYZ will present a live special edition of Ford Lions Report LIVE: Monday Motown Pre-Game hosted by WXYZ anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford with reports from Channel 7 sports director Don Shane, sports reporter Tom Leyden, NFL analyst Rob Rubick, NFL Hall of Famer Charlie Sanders, and NFL broadcast veteran Matt Shepard.

The show will include locker room interviews with key Lions players and coaches; interviews with former Lions greats; a behind-the-scenes look at ESPN's 35-camera game coverage; and interviews with sports and entertainment celebrities. The program will also look at the winning strategy behind the Lions season with Head Coach Jim Schwartz.

At 8:30 p.m., WXYZ will broadcast the ESPN Production of the Monday Night Football game between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears. 7 Action News will follow the game at 11:30 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for Metro Detroit to celebrate football and the start of a successful season for our Detroit Lions," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "It's a great time for the national spotlight to shine on a team that is demonstrating such promise and giving us all a reason to be a Lions fan."







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